Speaking at a congressional hearing today, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith said that his company “wholeheartedly” supports Apple in the ongoing case that’s pitted the iPhone maker against the FBI.
“We at Microsoft support Apple and will be filing an amicus brief next week,” Smith said. An amicus brief is a “friend of the court” filing that allows parties not directly involved in the case to weigh in. Before today, Microsoft had offered only tepid support for Apple, but now it’s getting behind the company in a big way.
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